How to make sure no bugs tag along when moving(3 posts)
I did a forum search to make sure I wasn't just repeating something that was being asked all the time and didn't really find an answer to my question, so here goes...
Nearly a year ago (late Sept 2011), we had bed bugs in our apartment. The PCO seemed to think the problem was in the early stages and that it was contained only to the bedroom but we took extra precautions anyway and haven't had any bites since then. In January, we found two bugs - one crawling along the baseboard and another in the bathroom (weird). The PCO comes back in and tells us that our next door neighbor has a bad infestation and that he is currently treating their place so the bugs probably came through the wall into our unit. No bites still (our bed has been isolated ever since last September), but we had our unit treated twice as a precaution. Since then, nothing.
Now we are looking at moving sometime in the next couple of months and I am worried that there could be some dormant bugs hiding in our furniture. Since our bed is isolated then maybe they became dormant when they had nothing to feed on? My fear is that when we move, any dormant bugs in hiding will be carried along with us.
My question is this - if we load up all of our stuff into a moving container, is it possible to have the whole container heat treated before we move into our new place? Any other suggestions?
Heat treatment is certainly the most effective approach. You should be able to heat treat most of your belongings. They can be pricy though. Before throwing money away on a heat treatment, perhaps hiring the services of a bedbug sniffing dog would be a more cost-effective approach to determine what (if any) of your belongings actually require extermination. Two treatments can take care of your bed bug issues, but as you found out, they can crawl over from neighboring apartments quite easily.
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Where are you located? We vikaned prior to moving. Vikaned, K9 inspection on new place, washed cats down, bagged and 91% alcohol wiped our meds, threw out cabinet food (no trust with cardboard that wasn't Vikaned) and had completely new clothing that we kept in the freezer until we showered, then threw them on, totally new shoes too--tossed shoes and clothes that were 'contaminated'.
We are one week out of old place. No bites yet. No signs yet. One possible dead one, according to fumigators, falling out of things that were gassed. I'm finally sitting on the couch again, sleeping in my bed without long sleeves and leggings...so I'll know right away if we have them again.
Jury is still out until September 19th (my self declared day of freedom!) but so far so good.
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